Aaron Bates, who started his career as member of the Lowell Spinners in 2006, has always been a fast riser. After just one month in Lowell, Bates was promoted to Greenville where he continued to do nothing but hit. In 2007, after starting the season in Lancaster, Bates found himself in Portland by the end of the season as California League pitchers proved to be no-match.
Off to a slow start in Portland to begin the 2008 season, Bates broke out of a season long slumber in a big way with his first home run, a grand slam, of the season and a single-game record tying SEVEN RBI on Tuesday, May 6 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The 14th ranked top prospect in the Red Sox organization (per SoxProspects.com pre-season rankings), Bates is no stranger to records. During the 2006 season with the JetHawks, Bates homered four times in ONE GAME, becoming the first player in the 66-year history of the California League to do so.